• Father steals parenting tips from Bible

    A few years ago we were looking around in a local book store when a rack of novelty items caught my 4-year-old’s eye. “Daddy, Daddy… Look…” he exclaimed, grabbing a handful of my pants leg. A little keychain with a tiny jewel encrusted box attached …

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK  — The state Board of Education has approved a new evaluation system for all Arkansas teachers that will be in place in 2014. It will affect about 35,000 teachers.  At least half the evaluation criteria will be improvement of their students’ scores on …

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  • Home guards established in Arkansas 150 years ago

    One hundred and fifty years ago, while Arkansas was under orders to create new military units of freshly conscripted men from 18 to 35 years old, home guards were forming across the state of men above 35 years of age. All Arkansawyers were to pitch …

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  • Will Rogers finds way to Batesville – Performer visits during 1931 tour

    Entertainer Will Rogers visited several Arkansas cities during his 1931 “drought” tour to raise funds for destitute farmers and the unemployed. However, Batesville was one of the smallest towns on his schedule. Rogers became famous for his home-spun humor on radio, in Broadway shows and …

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  • Authors to sign books Saturday

    If the Lord’s willin’, and the creeks don’t rise (as my grandpa used to say), TigerEye Publications is going to be presenting a special event at Elizabeth’s Restaurant on Main Street in Batesville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It’s a big ol’ book …

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  • Good model needed

    You can’t run government like a business anymore than you can run business like a government. GOP presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, burned corporations to the ground and made millions selling off the charcoal. This private sector experience is being touted as his qualification to be …

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  • Over-regulation means no business

    The Obama administration is no friend of farmers, and the recent stunt involving the Environmental Protection Agency sending spy planes over the state of Nebraska to keep an eye on where cows drop their patties is the latest example of overreach by an administration that …

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  • Reporter’s interrupting Obama lowers bar again

    If a reporter from an ideologically-anchored publication interrupts a President by shouting out questions right in the middle of his statement and it’s unprecedented, will some partisans immediately rush to his side to defend him and claim this is the way real, respectable, professional journalists …

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  • A taste of something bubbly

    When I answered the phone, I recognized the voice on the other end as belonging to one of the executive secretaries at the university where I work. “Professor Howard,” she said, “I understand that you know Russian?” “I have studied it for two years,” I …

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  • A campaign full of treasure hunters

    From out of the green mist enveloping the campaign doldrums they come. Relentlessly. Doggedly. Cattedly. Trudging, blank-faced and soulless. Armies of cash-hungry zombies brandishing partisan pickaxes, shovels and crowbars, with only one goal rattling around their feverish brains. Campaign booty. Pieces of eight. Entire 8s. …

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  • Government overspending isn’t cool

    I’ll shut off my air conditioning if the government goes first. Maybe I better explain. Federal records say the United States recently completed the hottest spring since such record-keeping began in 1895. March, April and May average temperatures in the lower 48 states surpassed the …

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  • 150 years ago: Order No. 17 made to protect

    It was quite simple. One hundred and fifty years ago, Arkansas was under attack by a foreign enemy of Northern soldiers now busily entrenching themselves into a fortified position on the Mississippi River in Helena. Meanwhile Thomas C. Hindman was busy organizing Arkansas’ defenses from …

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